KENNY DICKENSON - Les Rivières
KENNY DICKENSON - Les Rivières
We finally made it: BEWITH100LP! And what better way for a re-issue label to celebrate such a landmark catalogue number than to give it to a record of new music. We couldnÆt resist when the artist is Official Be With Family Member Kenny Dickenson and when the music is his lovely, lovely score to French-Vietnamese artist Mai Hua's 2020 documentary film ôLes RiviÞresö. If you enjoy the more minimal, intimate piano of the likes of Nils Frahm or John Carroll KirbyÆs solo work, youÆre certain to fall for this beautiful album. Taking six years to make, MaiÆs film explores what happened when she brought her dying grandmother to France, pulling together four generations of women from the same family. KennyÆs score accompanies all the pretty things, sad things, dirty, beautiful, happy, broken and reborn moments of these womenÆs experiences. The whole score is built around delicate, sparkling piano motifs. At times theyÆre joined by cello and complemented with ambient chords and other flourishes. ItÆs a very particular palette that Kenny and Mai established early on, as Kenny explains: ôWe had agreed on a particular sonic aesthetic early on in the process - to use specific and relatively minimal instrumentation, reflecting the intimacy of the picture. So piano and cello were quite prominent in instructing a sense of space and immediacy. Until I had to get the junkyard percussion outà ö When it comes to describing the end results, KennyÆs happy to wear his influences on his sleeve: ôWhen the director and I sat down for the creative meetings early in the process, we watched æWolf ChildrenÆ, a Japanese animation film by Mamoru Hosoda. The amazing soundtrack by Masakatsu Takagi was a launching point for me and thereafter I leaned into more modern classical composers - Reich, Sakamoto, Glass as well as Jon HassellÆs Fourth World output. Richard Reed ParryÆs æMusic for Heart and BreathÆ was a good early touchstone for me and Mark HollisÆ sparse, considered and deliberate approach was a constant presence. Also labels like Ghostly, ASIP and the ubiquitous Erased Tapes should probably get a nod here tooàö WeÆd even suggest thereÆs the occasional Yann Tiersen moment in there too. Out of sheer necessity the collaboration between Kenny and Mai continued beyond this initial creative direction. With Kenny speaking neither French nor Vietnamese, Mai acted as translator, a process that naturally lead to discussing the film beyond just what was being said in the footage. Mai herself explains just how successful this relationship felt to her: ôMusic plays a very important role in all my work, particularly in Les RiviÞres. I cried every time Kenny sent me a new composition. I felt understood in a way that words cannot describe. It was absolutely magical and I am so happy if this music can make your soul vibrate too.ö
Vinyl release of Kenny Dickenson - Les Rivières. Released through BE WITH RECORDS and available on LP.